Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sinkhole swallows bus in northwest China, killing six, ten missing

Sinkhole swallows bus in northwest China, killing six, ten missing

The incident occurred at around 5:30 pm (0930 GMT) on Monday in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, the state-run broadcaster CCTV said.

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16 people were also injured in the incident but are said to be in a stable condition in hospital, according to the South China Morning Post.

Some 1,000 emergency workers and 30 vehicles were sent to the site and investigation work is being carried out. As passengers were boarding, the sinkhole opened and swallowed the front part of the bus and a nearby pole. - An enormous sump that swallowed passers-by and a public bus in northwestern China reported state media on January 14, killing 15 people while leaving 10 missing.

Similar incidents of sinkholes opening up on Chinese roads have happened in the past, and the country is thought to have a big problem with sinkholes-an issue put down to rapid development and poorly planned infrastructure.

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Passerby Sun Wanhong, a retired armed police officer, belonged to the group of people who tried to help the woman out of the well, but eventually fell into himself after the road collapsed again.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Several people disappeared as the sinkhole spread, including what appeared to be a child.

And in October 2018 a road collapsed in Dazhou, Sichuan province, killing four people.

In 2013, five people died when a 10-metre wide sinkhole opened up at the gates of an industrial estate in Shenzhen.

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